E-News — May 2023

Troopers Down

Colonel (Ret.) Vincent Paul Baerman

Colonel (Ret.) Vincent Paul Baerman died in his home in Anacortes, Washington on March 8, 2023.

Paul was the son of Charles and Kathleen (Murray) Baerman, born in Lansing Michigan on May 6, 1947. As an Army brat, he lived in various locations in the United States and Europe before embarking on his own 26-year Army career. A distinguished graduate of West Point in 1968, he married Kerry Ann Harrigan the same year. He served in Vietnam and commanded armor and cavalry units from platoon through brigade. Paul was awarded numerous decorations in Vietnam while with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, including the Silver Star, Bronze Star for Valor (four oak leaf clusters), and two Purple Hearts. He was an Olmsted Scholar, earning a graduate degree in International Relations from the University of Geneva, Switzerland in 1974. After his Army retirement in 1994, Paul worked as a master planner at HB&A in Colorado Springs until 2012.

Throughout his life, Paul was active in the Catholic Church as a lector, Eucharistic Minister, adult Bible study teacher, and organizer of the St Peter Parish Library. Paul and Kerry moved to Washington State in 2020 to be near to family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved son Colin, and brother Malcolm.

Paul leaves behind Kerry Ann, his devoted wife of 54 years; daughter Megan (Doug) Uken and grandchildren Caitlin (Liam) and Ryan; son Sean (Mandy) Baerman and grandson Teague; and brother Robb.

Paul always considered himself a “serviceman” of his Lord and Nation and took as his models Saints Peter and Francis, but he also served as a role model for his family, cadets, soldiers, and all those who knew him.

A funeral mass was held on April 3, 2023 at St Peter Catholic Church in Monument, Colorado.
A graveside service with full military honors followed at Monument Cemetery.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Rocky Mountain Youth Leadership Foundation, Inc. (RMYLF), a Colorado IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit since 1992.

Col. Baerman was also the author of :

Colonel (Ret.) Vincent Paul Baerman

Available on Amazon: https://a.co/d/0mLBBMK

On a personal note, Col. Paul Baerman was commanding 3rd Brigade, 2nd Armored Division, part of 2AD (Forward), when we were alerted for Desert Shield. He was declared non-deployable for a medical reason (explained in the book). He could have gone back to a job in the United States, but he volunteered to stay as the rear detachment commander for 2AD (Forward). One could not imagine a more thankless task, yet he stepped up – and for that, all of us who deployed were eternally grateful.

Clint Ancker, G-3, 2AD (FWD), 1990-1991

Todd J. Beatty

Todd J. Beatty, 51, passed away unexpectedly on January 22, 2023. He was born on February 20, 1971 in Richland Center, Wisconsin to Buzz and Jean (Longseth) Beatty. Todd graduated from Richland Center High School in 1989.

He and his former spouse, Jacki (Faber) Heideman had two children together, Alyssa (24) and Nicholas (21), who he adored. He proudly served in the United States Army with the 58th Engineer Company, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in the Persian Gulf War and earned many awards including the bronze star. He enjoyed fishing, hunting for morel mushrooms, supporting Wisconsin sports, and listening to music. He was a great storyteller with a one-of-a-kind sense of humor.

Todd is survived by his two children, Alyssa and Nicholas; his father, Buzz; his sisters, Sally (Jerry) Zogg and Vickie (Dan) Hopkins; his brother, Brian (Leanne) Beatty; many nieces and nephews including great nieces and nephews; and his furry friend Billy.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Jean Beatty; and his brother, Gary Beatty.

Online condolences available at www.staffordfuneralhomes.com. The Stafford Funeral Home in Richland Center assisted the family with the arrangements.

Special Request from Teresa Musick (teresaannmusick71@nullgmial.com): I’m reaching out to try and find anyone who was connected to Todd J. Beatty. If anyone knew Todd, please contact me at the above email, or I can be reached by phone at 270-230-5405. Thank you in advance for any assistance.

Major (Ret.) Charles Roger Abbott,
Major (Ret.) Charles Roger Abbott, 69, of Macon, Georgia, passed away on April 23, 2023. A memorial service was held April 29, 2023, at Hart’s Mortuary, Cupola Chapel, with the Reverend Chris Barbee officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Piedmont Church Building Fund, 6258 Thomaston Rd., Macon, GA 31220.

Son of the late James Landrell Abbott, Roger was a retired Major in the United States Army with 20 years of service. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Central Arkansas and his masters from Western Kentucky University. He later went on to become a Senior Army Instructor for the JROTC program at Central High School for several years. One of the highlights of the many assignments in his career was a tour with the famous Blackhorse Regiment in Fulda, Germany, during the height of the Cold War serving on the border between East and West Germany. Between 1983 and 1986, he was in the First Squadron as an assistant S-4 (Logistics Officer) and then as a troop commander. While commanding Alpha Troop, the troop was presented with the prestigious Draper Award, signifying the best of the 18 troop-sized units in the Regiment, as selected by the Regimental Commander. He remained in the Squadron for several months after command to help train the Regimental Boselager team, which eventually in early 1987 won the international competition with several other nations.

Roger was a member of Piedmont Church. He loved his family, fishing, and hunting. He was an Atlanta Braves and Georgia Bulldogs fan.

He is survived by his wife, Sue Colwell Abbott of Macon; children, Amberly Peschel (Erich) of Greenville, South Carolina, and Austin Abbott (Kyndal) of Forsyth, Georgia; grandchildren, Hannah and Kipton Peschel, and Amelia Charles Abbott; mother, Ann Abbott of Jackson, Georgia; and brother, Rick Abbott (Alma) of Jackson.

In addition to his father, Roger was preceded in death by his nephew, Kevin Abbott.

Please visit www.hartsmort.com to express condolences.

Hart’s at the Cupola, Hart’s Mortuary and Cremation Center, 6324 Peake Rd, Macon, GA 31210 was in charge of the arrangements.

The website listed below has a video montage of Roger’s life. It’s well worth a look, especially if you knew Roger.


On another personal note, Roger worked for me in the RS3 section. He was, without a doubt, one of the — if not the — most talented officers I had the privilege of working with. If you gave Roger a task, you knew for certain that it would be done on time and to standard, every time. RIP Roger.
Clint Ancker, RS3 (1986-1988)

Two Late-70s and Early-80s Veterans Of the Regimental Border Operations Center 40-plus Years Later in Ocala, Florida

Bill Hutton and Danny Joe Garceau

Bill Hutton and Danny Joe Garceau are with Bill’s fully restored Jeep in Blackhorse Livery.

A Big Blackhorse THANK YOU To the
Generous Donors of the Blackhorse Association!




Please visit the Blackhorse Memorial website at http://memorial.blackhorse.org.

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